Jordan Clarkson knew he had to take action after he saw that a Filipino food truck in Utah was recently vandalized with racial slurs.
“If you want me to be real honest, my first reaction was, ‘This is bullshit!'” Clarkson told ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk on Thursday. “I was just like, ‘We can’t be f—— doing this.’ Those were the exact words that came out of my mouth to my boys, my family, and everybody that was around me. So, they were like, ‘Let’s do something (about it).'”
The Utah Jazz reserve, whose mother is half-Filipino, paid to restore the World Famous Yum Yum Food Truck with the help of vehicle wrap company Identity Graphx. He also offered the owners of the food truck, Ben and Erin Pierce, financial support to get their business up and running again.
Clarkson hopes to continue to show support and raise awareness amid the increasing number of Asian-targeted hate crimes in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I didn’t even want this to really get out,” Clarkson said. “My team was like, ‘Do you want to go public with this or not?’ And I was kind of like, ‘No,’ in the sense of I want to do this out of straight love and support.
“But for them, they came to me and said you got to show the people that you are there for them and let them know that you are supporting them, and that is what I am doing. I am here to support, show love, and just try to make a change.”
The Jazz organization has invited the Pierces and their employees to attend Thursday’s Game 2 matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers.